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Nature. Flora and fauna / What are these?
« Last post by levissima on September 28, 2018, 02:42:42 PM »


Are they preying mantises? Looks like there may be a few more next year!
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Nature. Flora and fauna / Re: Wildlife Guides
« Last post by Cassius on September 12, 2018, 09:38:33 PM »
Sounds a really wonderful experience.  Will add it to our 'to do' list........
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Nature. Flora and fauna / Re: Wildlife Guides
« Last post by levissima on September 12, 2018, 03:28:56 PM »
I’m really pleased for you that you actually got to see a bear, must have been wonderful. Thanks for letting us know about the trip.
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Nature. Flora and fauna / Re: Wildlife Guides
« Last post by GeordieBorn on September 12, 2018, 09:57:46 AM »
Thanks for the information, it sounds like you had a great day!
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Nature. Flora and fauna / Re: Wildlife Guides
« Last post by Brush Strokes on September 11, 2018, 10:38:52 PM »
Sounds great. I meant to ask you to report back once you'd been. Sounds like very good value for money. Pleased you enjoyed it and got to see a bear.
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Nature. Flora and fauna / Re: Wildlife Guides
« Last post by Rustychain on September 11, 2018, 10:05:51 PM »
Well, we went on our bear watching / spotting a few days ago & had a brilliant time. We met in Pescasseroli & it's a beautiful mountain town. We only arrived in time for the trip but wished we'd had some free time to enjoy the town. The staff were very professional, we were given binoculars to use & were driven to a launching point for the day. We climbed up to 1,900m through beautiful beech forest & the weather was perfect. Once up there we sat down to look for bears & after an hour or so a fine male arrived! It was brilliant to see one of 50 Italian brown bears, & at relatively close quarters too.

We stayed high up until it was practically dark then descended back through the forest with head-torches on; a really magical experience. I'd recommend the trip to anybody with a love of the outdoors & wildlife. There was a herd of red deer there too & the stags were beautiful & vocal in equal measure. It was only €35 / head, the guides were knowledgeable & good company; what's not to like?!

 ;D
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Nature. Flora and fauna / Re: Bee Eater birds
« Last post by GeordieBorn on September 07, 2018, 03:28:29 PM »
A bit like their human counterparts on the beach :D
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Nature. Flora and fauna / Re: Bee Eater birds
« Last post by Venatore on September 07, 2018, 02:51:34 PM »
Of course your Italian crow is much more sociable!
V.
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Nature. Flora and fauna / Re: Bee Eater birds
« Last post by GeordieBorn on September 07, 2018, 01:13:32 PM »
Yes like Venatore,I always went by that or a similar saying, but evidence of my own eyes tells me it is simply not true (well at least most of the time here).  Perhaps it refers to carrion crows only? This site gives a nice guide to the crow family, which includes rooks. Not only do we see 50 or more at times, some of them (very few) are not hooded crows, I shall now try to identify what they are, but they are smaller and often squabble with the hooded crows.
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Nature. Flora and fauna / Re: Bee Eater birds
« Last post by Venatore on September 07, 2018, 11:47:43 AM »
In response to Levi’s puzzlement I remember once hearing
‘If you see crows, them is rooks and if you see a rook that be a crow’
Supposedly rooks are flock birds and crows solitary!
V.
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